Valentine's Day in our home has a long history of being,
honestly, just bad.
Let's just say expectations don't ever live up.
I grew up with a mom and gramma who would make amazing
Valentine's dinners with pink tablecloths, balloons, candy, you
It was magical.
I still remember it and wish I could go back.
So, I tried to recreate it every year for my children.
Then Feb. 14 had a few rough years.
Think newborn baby, double ear infections, stomach flu, husband
lost his job and snow storm of epic proportions.
All of a sudden, we as a family started to dread Feb. 14.
Any time anyone around us would bring up that date, in hushed
tones we would mumble . . .
Last February, I was a part of a blogging project that required
me to write a post every single day.
It was therapeutic.
It got me through the shortest but most painful month of the
year, in my head.
And it forced me to appreciate Valentine's Day once again.
I even made a special heart-shaped pasta dinner for the
I bought a box of candy!
And I made the cutest Valentine love project for my girls.
I can't take the credit, I found it on Pinterest but of course,
the pin led to nowhere.
Just know that I am not at all creative enough to come up with
this all by myself.
This is all you do:
Last year the hubs and I did this the night before Valentine's
Day while they were sleeping.
It was SO much fun.
Secretly and quietly taping these hearts to their doors!
But this year I decided to do it at the beginning of
For many reasons but the main one is that they loved seeing
these last year so much that they kept them up until they started
ripping and falling off.
Which makes me think that I should do this year round.
Because who doesn't like to hear how amazing they are.
Oh sure, I tell them how amazing they are, but not in this kind
of detail such as "I love to make brownies with you" or "I love
that you still want to hang out with me."
If I said any of those things to my teenager in person, she
would give me the "look."
Those with teenagers will know what I am talking about.
Though I know that secretly she loves it.
Which made me think some more . . . and that's a lot of thinking
for me . . .
Why can't we do this for the adults in our life?
I am not talking about sneaking into your loved ones' homes and
pasting construction paper hearts to their bedroom doors.
Because that would be creepy . . . and a little awesome all at
the same time.
I am talking about writing something you love about some random
friends on their Facebook wall.
Or sending a text to a loved one about how much you love their
homemade alfredo pasta.
Or writing an old-fashioned letter (remember those??) to your
Great Auntie who loves mail and tell her how much you loved going
to her house when you were little.
This Valentine's Day, how about you tape a heart to somebody's
And bring me brownies.
Kari Wagner is stay-at-home mom by day, superhero by night. She loves to write about her adventures in life, love and decorating.
See more of Kari's stories here.
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